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The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is committed to providing behavioral health providers with additional guidance and resources throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. This webpage will serve as the hub for all COVID-19-related information from OBH.
OBH remains open for business and continues to serve Coloradans in need as well as to support providers. Providers should review OBH's expectations on continuing emergency services during this time period.
Behavioral Health Resources for COVID-19• Find Behavioral Health Help• Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources - Mental Health America• Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration• Stress and Coping During COVID-19 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention• State COVID-19 website
OBH Updates for ProvidersMarch 27, 2020March 19, 2020March 12, 2020Sign up for OBH email updates.
OBH Resources for ProvidersQuick Links• Recommended Screening Protocol for Face-to-Face Services
Reminder on Facility Closures: By OBH rule, all licensed and designated facilities must notify OBH of any closures immediately. Please contact your program manager as soon as possible to help us determine service gaps and potential referrals.
Our priority during this time is to continue to serve Coloradans in need. To help providers prioritize services, OBH is sharing the following expectations:
By OBH rule, DUI, Criminal Justice and CYMHTA programs must deliver services face-to-face in the same room; however:
Certified Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) cannot close without approval from OBH, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). If you are considering closing, please contact State Opioid Treatment Authority Amy Cooper at email@example.com.
As we respond to the outbreak, OBH aims to continue vital behavioral health services while minimizing the risk of infection for patients and staff. We want to remind you that OBH does not require face-to-face visits, and we are working with jails to acquire equipment needed for telehealth to conduct services. With appropriate modifications in place, jails can still identify and treat patients with behavioral health treatment needs and ensure individuals with psychiatric conditions are getting medications and necessary treatment services. OBH’s forensic evaluators are continuing to conduct competency evaluations in person at this time using a CDC-guided screening protocol. Read the full guidance.
OBH has received many questions about contracts. Here is how we plan to assist you: